|Scientific Name:||Iniistius trivittatus|
|Species Authority:||(Randall & Cornish, 2000)|
Xyrichtys trivittatus Randall & Cornish, 2000
|Taxonomic Notes:||There is some taxonomic confusion between the species under Xyrichtys and Iniistius. The genus Iniistius has been considered a synonym of Xyrichtys by some authors but it is now recognized as a separate genus, distinct from Xyrichtys (Randall and Earle 2002, Randall et al. 2002). Seventeen species are included in Iniistius and they are: I. aneitensis, I. auropunctatus, I. baldwini, I. bimaculatus, I. cyanifrons, I. dea, I. evides, I. griffithsi, I. jacksoniensis, I. melanopus, I. pavo, I. pentadactylus, I. spilonotus, I. trivittatus, I. twistii, I. umbrilatus, and I. verrens.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.|
This species was originally known from one specimen from Hong Kong. It is now also known from 76 additional specimens from Vietnam, from a fish importer in Sweden. There is little published information on its biology and ecology, population status or impact of potential threats. It is therefore listed as Data Deficient.
|Range Description:||This species is found from Vietnam (Randall and Jonsson 2008), Hong Kong and Taiwan.|
Native:China; Taiwan, Province of China; Viet Nam
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
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|Population:||There is no population information available for this species. It was originally known from one specimen from Hong Kong. This species is now known from 76 additional specimens from Vietnam, from a fish importer in Sweden (Randall and Johnsson 2008).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
Species of Iniistius are called razorfish in allusion to their compressed bodies and the sharp leading edge of their forehead and snout, specialisations for quick entry into sand (Randall 2007).
Juveniles are found in coastal waters along reef edges on sand or rubble, or open patches on reef. Adults occur mainly in deep outer reef habitats in small loose group along sand ridges (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001).
|Major Threat(s):||There are no major threats known for this species, although it is probably targeted as a food fish (Randall and Jonsson 2008).|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. However, its distribution overlaps several marine protected areas within its range (Wood 2007).|
|Citation:||Russell, B. 2010. Iniistius trivittatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 11 March 2014.|
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